Young Columnist

A 1,200-word journalism competition for those with a flair for journalism and an interest in current affairs and history.

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The Young Columnist is not running in 2022 but will return in 2023.

What should I write about?

The Young Columnist aims to discover new voices in journalism who can use their knowledge of history to explore current affairs. Your writing will take a topic in the news and provide new insight using a historical perspective.

Think about the following questions:

  • Can an event in the past cast new light on a current controversy?
  • How has history shaped the burning issues of today e.g. Brexit, climate change, inequality?
  • Are supposedly new debates merely old arguments in a different form?


The Young Columnist competition is for people aged 16 to 18. Applicants should be currently studying at a school or college in the UK. For a full list of entry criteria, please see our terms and conditions


Once the closing date for submissions has passed, all entries will be read by our judging panel and a shortlist drawn up. From this shortlist, we will select one winner and two runners up. 


All shortlisted entries will win a small prize. Two runners-up will receive £50 each. The winner of the Young Columnist Award will receive £1,000 and be invited to an event at Goldsmiths to receive their trophy.

Do you need some inspiration on what to write about? Take a look at our previous winners' entries.